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Music News: Good Charlotte are back

Good Charlotte have returned with one of their first new songs in four years, ‘Makeshift Love’. We’re hoping that there’s a new album on in the making as well.

Good Charlotte have also been announced as the support act for All Time Low on their UK and Ireland tour in February of next year. check out the tour dates below

February

10 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
11 London O2 Arena
12 Manchester Arena
13 Birmingham Arena
15 Glasgow SSE Hydro
16 Dublin 3 Arena

Written By: Samantha Stott

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Album Review: All Time Low – Future Hearts

All Time Low are currently hot property, having played all of the major arenas across the UK alongside You Me AT Six. The release of their latest and sixth album Future Hearts will therefore need to be strong enough to match this new found popularity.

The album kicks off well enough with an opening song titled Satellite lead by strong drum rhythms of Rian Dawson and a prominent bass from Zack Merrick. The tone is heavier and more subdued than the usual ATL delivery, resulting in a memorable opener. Whilst the Instrumentation is similar to their previous releases the combination of solid drum and bass is a strength running through the whole album.

The second track Kicking & Screaming is the classic All Time Low sound we expect– a characteristic solid gold pop-punk stand-out track that showcase Alex Gaskarth’s vocal to the full and which is guaranteed to be an instant hit with the fans.

Kids in the Dark and Runaway also follow the All Time Low tried and trusted formula; Kids in the Dark is a stand-out emo-rock track with a sing-a-long anthemic chorus. Runaway, although full of catchy hooks, is rather unremarkable and disappointingly flat, failing to deliver the same punch.

The standout songs of this album are Dancing With a Wolf and Missing You both showing how the band have grown up and are moving away from their teenage beginnings.

Dancing With a Wolf delivers a much darker but buoyant dance-rock track  than is usually associated with All Time Low. Amped up electric guitars and a driving bass produce a memorable and catchy performance.

Future Hearts highlights a departure from the classic pop-punk formula with the introduction of a number of slower songs of slower songs such as Missing You. This delivers a completely different sound – an acoustic track with guitar and ukulele and lyrics that are delivering a poignant message. The simple string accompaniment emphasises the strong vocals and again shows thatAll Time Low are growing up.

All Time Low invitation to a number of  guest vocalists unfortunately doesn’t quite live up to the expectations. Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) features on Tidal Waves during the second verse, but his vocals lack the impact that you would expect, although the chorus is memorable.

The second invited artist Joel Madden (Good Charlotte) makes an appearance in Bail Me Out This, unfortunately, comes across as a filler track and is disappointingly bland  despite Madden trading off verses and choruses throughout with Alex.

An attempt at an arena-style rock ballad with Edge of Tonight despite an attempt at a catchy chorus is surprisingly lacking and somewhat bland.

The closing track however Old Scars/Future Hearts is a return to All Time Low at their best –  full of energy throughout.

Overall  Future Hearts, produced by John Feldmann, provides a consistent sound – a mix of light ballads and bass-driven anthems, interspersed with some catchy tunes and provides a definite development from Dirty Work with its more grown up vibe that may take some getting used to.

It is not their best collection of songs but most are as good as what they have done before. Lyrically the songs do not stand out but the vocals of Alex Gaskarth are on point and the harmonies superb. The album is however fun – but more ambitious in scope and with a bit more studio polish than their previous releases.

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Festival News: Reading and Leeds 2015 Line-Up

With two of the 2015 Reading and Leeds line up already being announced, Metallica and Mumford and Sons, the final headline act has been the announcement everyone has been waiting for.

That wait is finally over. Today it was announced that The Libertines would be the final headliner for the events, which take place from August 28 to 30 across the two sites.

Also announced today are All Time Low, Royal Blood, Panic! At The Disco, The Maccabees, Bring Me The Horizon, Limp Bizkit, New Found Glory, Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration, The Wombats, Marmozets, Pierce The Veil, Frank Turner and many, many more. The full list can be found below.

rl_2015line-upfebruaryWritten By: Samantha Stott

Live Review: All Time Low & You Me At Six – Motorpoint, Cardiff – 9th February 2015

All Time Low - Cardiff - 9th February 2015

You Me At Six - Cardiff Motorpoint - 9th Feb 2015

After touring the USA together last year, You Me At Six and All Time Low decided to tour the UK with a double headline tour – a decision that has seen sold out arenas across the country. including London’s O2.

All Time Low - Cardiff - 9th February 2015

All Time Low

All Time Low were the first of the two bands to hit the stage – and this they did this in their own inimitable highly charged and energetic style. They played a host of their hugely popular songs including Weightless and Lost In Stereo and Stella.

The crowd, as well as being treated to the usual party antics of the boys, including the ritual collecting of ’gifted’ underwear to decorate the mic stands with, were treated to the live debut of Something’s Gotta Give, led by Jack Bakarat.

Alex Gaskarth treated the audience to a solo performance  of Therapy with the audience all holding up mobile phones to light the arena. and the request for fans to join the lads on stage was met with great enthusiasm for a lively performance of Time Bomb.

The hi-octane performance from this ever popular and fun loving US band culminated with Alex and Jack jumping into the crowd and whilst managing to survive the clamouring fans they finished the show with Dear Maria, Count Me In


Setlist

1 A Love Like War

2 Lost in Stereo

3 Heroes

4 Stella

5 Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)

6 Forget About It

7 The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver

8 Weightless

9 Therapy

10  Somewhere in Neverland

11  Backseat Serenade

12  Time-Bomb

13  Something’s Gotta Give
(live Debut)

14  The Reckless and the Brave

15  Dear Maria, Count Me In

You Me At Six

You Me At Six - Cardiff Motorpoint - 9th Feb 2015

You Me At Six, lead by a hobbling singer Josh Franchesci who was suffering from a broken ankle, opened their set with their 2014 hit Room To Breathe from the album Cavalier Youth.

The ubiquitous rendition of Loverboy was met with great enthusiasm  with the whole auditorium singing along, shortly followed by Underdog – undoubtedly one of their most popular songs.

This set the scene for an incredible evening and crowd continued to display their word perfect vocal support during Reckless – a fantastic performance that lifted the roof, swiftly followed by Crash.

You Me At Six were on top form throughout and the ever popular Bite Your Tongue kept the fans on their feet – Josh Franceschi singing with a confidence and authority rarely before seen.

The musical talents of the whole band were incredible and together with the superb vocals added up to a fantastic night’s entertainment – the ardent fans could not have asked for more!

Setlist

1 Room to Breathe

2 Stay With Me

3 Loverboy

4 Contagious Chemistry

5 The Consequence

6 No One Does It Better

7 Underdog

8 Carpe Diem

9 The Dilemma

10 Reckless

11 Crash

12 Fireworks

13 Forgive and Forget

Encore:

14 Bite My Tongue

15 Fresh Start Fever

16 Lived a Lie

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Photography By: Samantha Stott